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Dom Joly: Restaurants come and go, but the memories linger

Another trip to London, another landmark of my youth gone. Bertorelli La Toscana in Notting Hill Gate has closed and a nondescript Mexican restaurant has risen effortlessly on the ashes. I loved this restaurant more than any other. It was one of the last surviving Italian trattorias. You know the type – big in the Seventies, with bad paintings on the wall, all by a "local artist" and available to buy. There were also wicker-basket Chianti bottles and signed photos of grateful celebrity patrons. They had China Crisis, Simple Minds, Chris de Burgh and an unsigned photo of Sophia Loren that took centre stage.

Croatia puts Tito's holiday islands up for sale (price: €2.5bn)

If you've a spare €2.5bn burning a hole in your pocket, and always fancied your own personal Mediterranean archipelago, now is your chance.

On The Road: A wedding day the Neapolitan way

My sister Barbara's wedding day starts at a high-rise in Napoli's lawless suburbs and ends with a pop video screened at Villa Soglia, a Bourbon-era mansion on the southern lava fields of Vesuvius. The film Miseria e nobiltà (Poverty and Nobility) starring Totò and Sophia Loren was a matrimonial farce based on class. Today's comedy of manners, with its five-strong media team, is a paean to celebrity culture, Neapolitan style.

Find a budget base in Croatia

David Ryan discovers an affordable way to explore Istria's beautiful coast and medieval towns

Nicky Hambleton-Jones: Knives out for extreme queen

The TV presenter and stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones is a stern task mistress who’s feeding our obsession with looking younger than we really are. So, what would she make of our very own Deborah Ross?

The new sexual revolution

Over-70s are having more sex than ever – but more women than men are enjoying it

Howard Jacobson: When ordering a salt beef sandwich, beware the moral minefield that awaits

It's a contradiction of Jewish law: the more you eat kosher, the more of a pig you make yourself look

The island of Ischia: Glorious mud

From the ancient Romans to Hollywood stars, visitors have flocked to the island of Ischia to experience its health-giving spas and volcanic face packs. Terri Judd enjoys a pampering

A cut above: Stylist to the stars dies

Hairdresser to the royal, the rich and the celebrated, Alexandre de Paris did everyone from Liz Taylor to Claudia Schiffer. As his death is announced, John Lichfield celebrates the first – and sharpest – of the 'haut coiffeurs'

Michael Winner: Behind the scenes

Since he bought the palatial house he grew up in, Michael Winner has installed a few toys of his own - not least a Jacuzzi, pool and cinema room

Europa Riconosciuta, La Scala, Milan

Stars out for a night at restored home of opera

Style police: The latest thing you don't want to be seen in

In a season of scanty eveningwear, we're asking miracles of our lingerie. And we're getting them, says JAMES SHERWOOD

Sex please, we're the top over-50s

AGE SHALL not weary them, nor the years condemn: because they are America's sexiest people of mature years. The American Association of Retired Persons (AArp) has compiled a list of the raunchiest stars aged over 50 and in a survey attempted to define their attraction.
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Backhanders, bribery and abuses of power have soared in China as economy surges

Bribery and abuses of power soar in China

The bribery is fuelled by the surge in China's economy but the rules of corruption are subtle and unspoken, finds Evan Osnos, as he learns the dark arts from a master
Commonwealth Games 2014: Highland terriers stole the show at the opening ceremony

Highland terriers steal the show at opening ceremony

Gillian Orr explores why a dog loved by film stars and presidents is finally having its day
German art world rocked as artists use renowned fat sculpture to distil schnapps

Brewing the fat from artwork angers widow of sculptor

Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
BBC's The Secret History of Our Streets reveals a fascinating window into Britain's past

BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

The Secret History of Our Streets, which returns with three films looking at Scottish streets, is the inverse of Benefits Street - delivering warmth instead of cynicism
Joe, film review: Nicolas Cage delivers an astonishing performance in low budget drama

Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

Cage plays an ex-con in David Gordon Green's independent drama, which has been adapted from a novel by Larry Brown
How to make your own gourmet ice lollies, granitas, slushy cocktails and frozen yoghurt

Make your own ice lollies and frozen yoghurt

Think outside the cool box for this summer's tempting frozen treats
Ford Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time, with sales topping 4.1 million since 1976

Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

Sales have topped 4.1 million since 1976. To celebrate this milestone, four Independent writers recall their Fiestas with pride
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Heaven scent: 10 best reed diffusers

Keep your rooms smelling summery and fresh with one of these subtle but distinctive home fragrances that’ll last you months
Commonwealth Games 2014: Female boxers set to compete for first time

Female boxers set to compete at Commonwealth Games for first time

There’s no favourites and with no headguards anything could happen
Five things we’ve learned so far about Manchester United under Louis van Gaal

Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
Screwing your way to the top? Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth

Screwing your way to the top?

Good for Lana Del Rey for helping kill that myth, says Grace Dent
Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter, the wartime poster girl who became a feminist pin-up

Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones: Are custom, 3D printed earbuds the solution?

The quest to find the perfect pair of earphones

Earphones don't fit properly, offer mediocre audio quality and can even be painful. So the quest to design the perfect pair is music to Seth Stevenson's ears
US Army's shooting star: Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform

Meet the US Army's shooting star

Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform